The Latest: 2nd firefighter killed in Northern California

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REDDING, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California's devastating wildfires (all times local):

8:05 a.m.

Official say a firefighter has been killed by a massive Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll to 2.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that a firefighter with fire department in the city of Redding was killed fighting the blaze in Shasta County.

The department says it is investigating the death. No other details were provided.

The blaze on Thursday killed a bulldozer operator as he worked to try to contain the blaze.


7:40 a.m.

A wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California has grown to 18 square miles (46 square kilometers).

Authorities say just 3 percent of the fire's perimeter is contained Friday morning. Conditions are calm but gusty winds are expected by afternoon.

The fire allegedly was intentionally set Wednesday and quickly spread through timber and brush near the town of Idyllwild and other communities about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

More than 4,900 structures are threatened and an estimated 6,000 people have been evacuated.

In the Sierra Nevada, the Ferguson Fire continues to grow just outside Yosemite National Park.

Authorities say it is now nearly 72 square miles (186 square kilometers), but containment has increased to 29 percent.

Yosemite Valley and the Wawona and Mariposa Grove areas of the national park remain closed.


7:10 a.m.

Hundreds of people who fled their homes because of a massive Northern California wildfire are crowding into shelters as the blaze brightens the sky with a red glow.

Videos posted to social media show long lines of cars slowly moving on a highway near the city of Redding as the wildfire rages on the hills behind.

Dozens of evacuees are going to Shasta College, where officials have set up a shelter. Another shelter has been set up at an elementary school.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered overnight for the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 residents.

People in the western part of Redding, which has about 92,000 residents, were also asked to evacuate.

The blaze grew overnight to 70 square miles (180 square kilometers).


6:40 a.m.

More evacuations have been ordered as a devastating wildfire torches an area in and around the Northern California city of Redding. 

The blaze that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and raced into small communities west of Redding before entering the city limits.

Fire officials say dozens of homes have burned, though conditions make it impossible to determine an accurate count and the number could climb much higher.

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns. Some civilians also have been injured.

Mandatory evacuations were extended overnight to include the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 residents.

Parts of Redding, which has about 92,000 residents and is the largest city in the region, also have been evacuated. 


2 a.m.

An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

Flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River on Thursday and reaching Redding It's a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region.

Residents in the western part of Redding who hadn't been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice, causing miles-long traffic jams as flames turned the skies orange.

Many firefighters turned their focus from the flames to getting people out alive.

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